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Former Sri Lankan PM lauds Kerala’s ‘coronaslayer’ health minister

Former Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has praised K K Shailaja, health minister in the Southern Indian state of Kerala, for her proactive and bold leadership in curbing the spread of the COVID-19 in the state. Kerala reported India’s first coronavirus case in January. But the state has recorded an impressive recovery rate and […]

New Nepal map heightens territorial dispute with India

NEPAL has drawn-up a new political map that includes strategically important territory it disputes with India, officials said, as the Himalayan country takes a tougher stance against its giant neighbour. Protests have been staged in Nepal since India earlier this month inaugurated an 80-kilometre (50 mile) road in Uttarakhand state leading up to the disputed […]

Pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the neglect of older people in India

By Imtiaz Ahmed, Mission Head – Agecare, HelpAge India I FEEL an overwhelming sense of dread at the moment. The number of Covid-19 cases in India is surging every day, taking the total over 100,000. Now that the lockdown is being relaxed, I fear these numbers will significantly increase. I hate to think what the […]

India to restart domestic air travel on May 25

Domestic air travel will resume in India on May 25 after a two-month shutdown imposed to stop the spread of the COVID-19, the aviation minister said Wednesday (20), in a further easing of national lockdown restrictions. The government halted all domestic flights — which ferried 144 million passengers as well as cargo across the vast […]

Heavy rains in India and Bangladesh as cyclone bears down

HEAVY rains and winds lashed two eastern Indian states and parts of Bangladesh hours before a powerful cyclone made landfall on Wednesday (20), with rescue teams evacuating millions of villagers to higher ground in an operation complicated by the coronavirus pandemic. Bangladesh’s disaster management officials said they were working on a war footing to evacuate […]

COVID-19: India reports highest single day tally of 5,611

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 3,303 and the number of cases climbed to 1,06,750 in India on Wednesday (20), registering an increase of 140 deaths and a record spike of 5,611 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 61,149, while […]

Mass evacuations for major cyclone in South Asia

MILLIONS of people were being moved to safety as one of the fiercest cyclones in years barrelled towards India and Bangladesh on Tuesday (19), but with evacuation plans complicated by coronavirus precautions. “Amphan” is expected to pack winds gusting up to 185 kilometres (115 miles) per hour when it hits eastern India and Bangladesh on […]

India’s COVID-19 cases over 100,000; death toll over 3,000

INDIA’s COVID-19 cases touched 100,000 mark on Tuesday (19). It took 64 days for the country to reach this level from 100 cases. India reported its first infection on January 30 in the Southern state of Kerala. The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 3,163 and the number of cases climbed to 1,01,139, registering […]

India supports move at WHO to seek origin of COVID-19

INDIA joined nearly 120 countries at a crucial conference of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in pushing for an impartial and comprehensive evaluation of the global response into the COVID-19 crisis as well as to examine the origin of the deadly infection on Monday (18). The two-day 73rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) […]

India registers record 5,242 COVID-19 cases in a day; total tally nears 100,000

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 3,029 and the number of cases to 96,169 in the country on Monday (18), registering an increase of 157 deaths and a record jump of 5,242 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 56,316, while […]